Your Student Life: The Importance of Mentorship

February 13, 2022

Do you currently have a mentor in your life who you look up to? Maybe you are giving back by serving as a mentor yourself. Mentorship is a great way to prioritize both your social and career wellness by building authentic and supportive relationships.  

A mentor can be described as, “Someone who might help you work through challenges or help you to make a decision through conversation, sharing experiences, and dedicated time building a relationship. A mentor can help you advance your career goals by tapping into someone who has more knowledge, experience, and/or lived perspective of that particular area than you possess yourself,” (Brine, 2020). 

Having a mentor can also help you expand your network, navigate a new experience, boost your confidence, and potentially open up new opportunities. Mentorship can be formal or informal. Additionally, mentorship is mutually beneficial for both the mentor and the mentee. In other words, you both gain something from the mentoring relationship and you both make meaningful contributions. 

If you don’t currently have a mentor, the first step is to identify someone – and then ask them! There are plenty of resources, templates and examples (like this one) to help guide this conversation. Once you do have a mentor, it can be helpful to define expectations and maintain consistent communication. There are also many opportunities available to get involved in mentorship here at Ohio State.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in mentorship, be sure to check out the following resources, opportunities, and student organizations: 

Additional opportunities in Columbus: 

 

References: 

Brine, C. (2020, March 13). Mentorship & sponsorship: Why you need both. LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/mentorship-sponsorship-why-you-need-both-chantal-brine 
Ceniza-Levine, C. (2019, January 10). Ten tips for a successful mentorship. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecenizalevine/2019/01/10/ten-tips-for-a-successful-mentorship/?sh=1526d9957371
Landry, A., & Lewiss, R. E. (2020, August 25). What efficient mentorship looks like. Harvard Business Review. https://hbr.org/2020/08/what-efficient-mentorship-looks-like
Oshinkale, Y. (2019, September 18). Definition of mentorship: What is a mentor and do you need one? World Education Services (WES) Advisor Blog. https://www.wes.org/advisor-blog/definition-of-mentorship/
University of Southampton. (n.d.). The benefits of a mentoring relationship. https://www.southampton.ac.uk/professional-development/mentoring/benefits-of-a-mentoring-relationship.page 

 

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